The University of Pennsylvania PUG Student Chapter is taking the lead in providing a Solar Suitcase to try out in a health clinic in The Gambia! Developed by We Care Solar, these small, portable solar power systems have two 20 watt panels and LED lights, cell phone chargers, battery chargers, fetal heart monitor and backup battery all in a bright yellow suitcase - ready to take to a remote clinic and plug in with minimal fuss. For small clinics, this is a quick and easy way to get lights when you are far from the electrical grid. We look forward to trying these out, and getting feedback on their suitability from the Gambian clinic staff. If the suitcases work well, we look forward to placing more of these small systems in remote health clinics. We are working with the Gambian Ministry of Health to identify the clinics that could best benefit from this little system. From large hospital-sized solar power systems to small clinic solar lighting systems, the design flexibility of solar energy systems will help us to provide an appropriate "fit" between the health facility and the amount of electricity provided by various sizes of solar energy systems. Want to learn more about our partner non-profit We Care Solar? They were just interviewed on PBS News Hour. Check out the video.
PUG, We Care Solar, and the Solar Suitcase Project